military supplies. red cross staff have been reminding both sides of their obligations to stop fighting so as to not disrupt distribution. ukrainian forces have laid siege to the city in their operation to end the uprising. they've taken control of most of the city, which is part of the territory the rebels declared independent. residents have no running water, no electricity and need food and medicine. the situation is also dire. day after day ukrainian soldiers have been advancing on separatists and seem to be gaining the upper hand. the conflict in eastern ukraine has left more than 2,000 people dead. soldiers, separatists and civilians. more than 340,000 people have been forced from their homes. the president of ukraine is working to find a diplomatic solution saying the world is tired of war. he is scheduled to sit down next week with russian president vladamir putin. putin has said he's not directing this uprising.